US vow support for Israel at AIPAC conference

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US vow support for Israel at AIPAC conference

US officials including Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with more than a dozen US lawmakers appeared on stage on the second day of AIPAC's annual conference to vow support for Israel as it responded to an alleged rocket attack by Hamas with air strikes on Gaza.

Pence listed the policy moves President Donald Trump had taken to support Israel, drawing applause from about 18,000 attendees at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee gathering.

"Under President Donald Trump, if the world knows nothing else the world knows this: America stands with Israel," Pence said.

Trump meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, signed a declaration recognising Israeli control of the Golan Heights.

"President Trump also promised to shut down the PLO office in Washington if the Palestinian Authority didn't promise to take immediate steps to stop funding terrorists who murder innocent Israeli civilians with American tax dollars and when the PLO refused, President Trump shut their office down," Pence said.

"When President Trump promised to cut off funding to anti-Israel agencies at the United Nations, he meant it. And last year, the United States ended all US contributions to UNRWA [United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East]," the vice president said.

"Beyond all that, the president promised to stand up to the world's leading state sponsor of terror, and he withdrew the United States of America from the disastrous nuclear deal with Iran. There will be no more pallets of cash to the mullahs in Iran," Pence said.

"Last year President Trump did what no American president for the last 20 years had the courage to do when he moved the American embassy to Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Israel," Pence said.

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